Liverpool have seen a number of academy graduates make the leap to the first team in recent months. Whether it has been Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Neco Williams, Billy Koumetio or Rhys Williams, all have showcased the club is littered in outstanding young talent. Layton Stewart is the latest success story.
Stewart, 18, was named in England’s U19s squad alongside Elliott with the Liverpool duo expected to link-up at St George’s Park during the international break.
Emphatic start to the season
The England call-up capped off what has been an impressive start to the season for the Liverpool teenager.
Stewart has been in inspired form under Marc Bridge-Wilkinson for the U18s this season. The young Reds are currently second in the U18 Premier League standings, a point behind Middlesborough and with a game in hand.
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Stewart has been the team’s attacking spearhead this season and has already clocked up seven goals in five league matches, including two hat-tricks against Stoke and Blackburn.
Tipped for greatness
Caoimhe O’Neill recently wrote a profile piece on the young Scouser for The Athletic, a piece which provides an in-depth look into the Liverpool attacker who has drawn comparisons with iconic striker and World Cup winner Fernando Torres.
It showcases just how highly Stewart is regarded by coaching staff at Kirkby and is evidence that it is only a matter of time before he is handed his opportunity in the first-team set-up.
Blessed with blistering pace and a natural instinctive sense to consistently find the back of the net, the sky really is the limit for Stewart if he continues to replicate such devastating performance levels.
Fingers crossed he stays on the road to stardom and we see him get a call-up to the senior squad in the near future. He won’t be a first-team regular for some years, but the early evidence suggests he is firmly on the right track.
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